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The Demigod Files (2009)

by Rick Riordan

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Back in early 2009, fans of the Percy Jackson series were eagerly awaiting the release of the final book in the series. To tide them over until The Last Olympian hit stores, The Demigod Files was published. The book contains three short stories chronicle more of Percy’s adventures, “interviews” with some of the major characters, a crossword puzzle, a word jumble, and a few illustrations.

Is it worth picking up? In short: not really.

In the first story, “Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot”, Percy helps his frenemy Clarisse get her father’s war chariot back to his temple. Clarisse is usually depicted as a great big bully in the main series, so it was nice to see a little more dimension to her character, but it really has no effect on the main storyline.

“Percy Jackson and the Bronze Dragon”, has a much greater impact on later books. Percy and his buddy Beckendorf stumble across a giant bronze dragon during a game of capture the flag. It’s been a couple of years since I read the Percy Jackson series, so I can’t remember if this dragon shows up in The Last Olympian, but it plays a major role in The Heroes of Olympus series.

Originally written for World Book Day 2009, “Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades” has some bearing on The Heroes of Olympus series, too. Percy, Thalia and Nico are summoned by the goddess Persephone to retrieve the Sword of Hades when it is stolen. It’s incredibly important that they do so quickly, because the keys that control access to and from the underworld are hidden inside. Although I haven’t read the book yet, I’m told that this story is referenced by the characters in The House of Hades.

None of this is essential to the main storyline, but sometimes it is nice to have some of the details fleshed out. Outside the three short stories, though, the extra content is virtually useless. The map of Camp Half-Blood is poorly drawn, the puzzles are rather silly, and the character interviews don’t really reveal anything that you can’t easily figure out in the main books. ( )
  makaiju | Jan 12, 2014 |
really good more than 1 story all of them were great. ( )
  epicness | Nov 14, 2013 |
Like the interview portion. :P The short stories and adventures were great. But still, I wish Hades have more exposure. :P

EDIT: Crap. Can't remember about reading Sword of Hades! :o what is wrong with me. >_
Since I read it again, yes, I do remember it now. LOL. :D ( )
  lexiechan | Sep 10, 2013 |
Fun for fans of Percy Jackson! Nothing amazing or life-changing here, but still a good time if you are anxiously awaiting The Mark of Athena. Not that I am . . . ;) ( )
  jessibelle34 | Jul 12, 2013 |
This was a nice collection of short stories. Each story was exciting and enjoyable, and having the read the main entries in the series, I enjoyed the fact that it filled in a few gaps in storyline of the series. It was a nice entry. The interviews, biographical snippets, the crossword, and the word search were all fairly well done, though not as interesting as the short stories. Overall, not bad. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
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This LT work is a companion volume to Rick Riordan's series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, subtitled The Demigod Files. Please do not combine it with any individual title or collection of titles from the series. Thank you.
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How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate?  What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan. 
 

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How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.… (more)

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